Accession Number:

ADA370250

Title:

Architecture and Algorithms for a Fully Programmable Ultrasound System.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-10-15

Pagination or Media Count:

141.0

Abstract:

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular imaging modality because it is safe, non- invasive, relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and capable of real-time imaging. In order to meet the high computation and throughput requirements, ultrasound machines have been designed using algorithm-specific fixed-function hardware with limited reprogrammability. As a result, improvements to the various ultrasound algorithms and additions of new ultrasound applications have been quite expensive, requiring redesigns ranging from hardware chips and boards up to the complete machine. On the other hand, - a fully programmable ultrasound machine could be reprogrammed to quickly adapt to new tasks and offer advantages, such as reducing costs and the time-to-market of new ideas.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE